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Old 08-08-2011, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Research In Motionís next handset in early 2012 could help boost the smartphone maker back into the limelight against Appleís iPhone and a myriad of Google Android handsets. The Boy Genius Report blog today shared details on RIMís BlackBerry Colt, noting that it would be the first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the QNX platform. To meet the timeframe, BGR suggests the device may have older hardware components when compared to competing handsets, but that doesnít sound plausible. The bigger issue is the amount of time itís taking RIM to get its smartphone lineup transitioned to the new operating system.

According to BGR, the Colt will use a 1 GHz single-core processor at a time where many smartphones are already powered by dual-core chips; weíre also expecting the first quad-core smartphones right around the end of this year. Back in December, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, went on record saying that QNX would come to smartphones with dual-core processors. And thatís a good thing: My experience with BlackBerryís Playbook, which already runs QNX on a dual-core chip, shows peppy performance for browsing, multitasking, video playback and gaming.

Oddly, BGR is also reporting that the Colt may ship without BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which sounds strange at first. Then again, shipping the PlayBook without a native email client is just as strange (if not more so) and shows that the company is still tinkering with the new operating system it acquired in April of 201o. Far more important than the hardware choices is RIM making potential progress in the transition of QNX in handsets.

Thereís no guarantee such a change will bring success and market share, but revamping the old BlackBerry operating system isnít getting the job done. For all of its shortcomings, the PlayBook with QNX shows much more potential in terms of user experience and maturity. If RIM can reinvent the BlackBerry handset lineup with QNX, while attracting more developers, the Colt could be the first of many smartphones to help RIM get its mojo back. And the sooner that happens, the better; the company is quickly falling through the ranks of the top handset makers around the world.
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